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MILWAUKEE -- Two babies died in Milwaukee in just a 24-hour period -- and one of those deaths has been linked to co-sleeping. Officials with the Milwaukee Health Department say they're seeing an uptick in inquiries on safe sleep for babies and those looking for free cribs following these incidents.

Two-month-old infant was pronounced dead at a home near 35th and Hampton

Two-month-old infant was pronounced dead at a home near 35th and Hampton

Milwaukee police say a two-month-old infant was pronounced dead at a home near 35th and Hampton on Tuesday night, February 16th.

Officers were dispatched to the home around 11:45 p.m.

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department also responded to the scene and performed life-saving efforts, but were unsuccessful.

The circumstances surrounding the infant’s death are still under investigation.

Death of infant girl near 15th & Nash

Death of infant girl near 15th & Nash

A 12-month-old girl was pronounced dead in a home near 15th and Nash on Tuesday morning, February 16th.

The child was pronounced dead at 7:20 a.m.

Initial reports indicated the child was sleeping with two adults on a partially inflated air mattress.

On Tuesday, FOX6 News told you about the expansion of a pilot program involving the Milwaukee Police Department and Milwaukee Health Department.

The program that began in MPD's District 7 will now provide officers in Districts 2 and 3 with training and easy access to tools that can help to provide a safe sleep environment (Pack 'n Play portable cribs, fitted sheets, SleepSack wearable blankets).

MPD officers trained/educated on safe sleeping for babies

MPD officers trained/educated on safe sleeping for babies

Through Milwaukee's "Cribs for Kids" program,¬†Pack ‚Äėn Play cribs are provided to families who are unable to purchase one and who are referred by a community professional such as a case worker or nurse.

To contact MHD’s Cribs for Kids Program by phone, call (414) 286-8620.   

Community professionals, such as a case worker or nurse, may refer families to the Milwaukee Cribs for Kids program by calling (414) 286-8620.

Nurses at a call center at the South Side Health Center in Milwaukee were busy answering calls and questions on Wednesday -- working to educate parents about the potential dangers of co-sleeping, and the resources available to prevent co-sleeping deaths.

"We don't recommend the baby sleeping with you," one nurse told a parent.

The expansion of the pilot program that aims to arm Milwaukee police officers with the tools to help prevent co-sleeping deaths out on the field comes at a time when Milwaukee has seen two babies die within a 24-hour period.

"We need to reduce risk factors -- so any way we can do that is really a part of our educational class that accompanies the free crib," Jill Radowicz with the Milwaukee Health Department said.

Through the MPD/MHD program, officers with Districts 7, 2 and 3 responding to routine calls will be able to refer families directly to a safe-sleep trained "Community Liaison Officer." The goal of the project is to get Pack 'n Play cribs to the families of children who could use them. It is an effort to save young lives.

Pack 'n Play

Pack 'n Play

"(Wednesday) morning before 10:00 a.m. we had 25 calls -- so the word is getting out there that we do have resources in our community that can help babies," Radowicz said.

Officials said Wednesday they were signing people up for free cribs at a rapid pace.

They welcome others to call for a free Pack 'n Play and education about safe sleeping for babies.

Pack 'n Play

Pack 'n Play

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  • buzz

    they will sell these for drug money, do they honestly think they will use these ? what a joke the news says that the latest death was from a deflating air bed thats common sense

    • selfentitled

      Whos name will they put the electric bill in without new kids? How do you expect them to get more government assistance without the un-needed mouths to feed?

  • commonsense

    Free cribs? This is outrageous and being funded by taxpayers no doubt! If you can’t afford to buy a crib, stop having children or don’t have them in the first place. How is giving irresponsible people something for FREE helping them? This is classic enabling!!!

  • tamika

    The children suffer because of the inner city democrats that feed the fire of welfare and entitlement. Keep on popping out childrends for yo score idiots.

  • Angel

    They need to stop all these programs. That’s why these people won’t work. I wouldn’t either if I was getting everything handed to me. I’m tired of paying for these useless F_____S.

  • LetsBeReal

    What a crock of you-know-what‚Ķ..again, all on taxpayer money. Let these idiot bleeding hearts foot the bill out of their own pockets if they want to, but stop taking it from the hardworking ones. “You can’t legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government can’t give to anybody anything that the government doesn’t first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they don’t have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”
    Ian Duncan
    The Baltimore Sun , May 30, 2015

  • robert

    words of wisdom-ladies, a man is supposed to be a PROVIDER- if he cannot afford to pay rent,buy milk,pampers and cribs for his children-then what the @&* are you doing??????????? and who the hell taught women in the black community that it’s ok to have children in poverty out of wedlock???? who teaches this!!!

  • ChristianW

    Love all the common sense replies .. And I mean that in a honest way. They all express my sentiment to the letter. But obviously common sense isn’t so common. I don’t care if it’s a white person, black person, brown perso, these entitlement programs need to stop. If you can’t afford supporting a kid… Don’t have one or use a damn condom…i wish there was a way I could remove myself from paying the portion of taxes that do nothing but assist free loading screwups who get everything handed to them by the lovely and clueless government

  • Mark

    here’s the problem I have with all this: For the past few years we’ve seen a great number of these co-sleeping deaths and while I did see the city offering help in purchasing or supplying cribs to prevent this, I don’t recall any articles on people actually reaching out for help to the city on getting one. Now, all of a sudden, theres an article on people calling to see if they can get a free crib…… is this becaus all of a sudden they see that someone actually got charged after suffocating a child. Seems to me that people are all of a sudden more concerned with the penalties than actually losing a loved one.

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